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Shanklish

Shanklish

Shanklish is a type of cow’s milk or sheep milk cheese in Levantine cuisine.

Shanklish, also known as shinklish, shankleesh, sorke, or sürke, is a type of cow’s milk or sheep milk cheese in Levantine cuisine. It is typically formed into balls of approximately 6 cm diameter, which are often covered in za’atar and Aleppo pepper, and then aged and dried. The most common spice is thyme, thus giving the cheese its appearance somewhat resembling a dirty tennis ball. Shanklish is also sold in much smaller balls or unformed.

In Egypt, Shanklish is made by fermenting Areesh cheese.

Shanklish varies greatly in its texture and flavour. Fresh cheeses have a soft texture and mild flavour; those dried and aged for a longer period become progressively harder and can acquire an extremely pungent odour and flavour. To make spicier cheeses, spices such as aniseed and chilli can be mixed in before the cheese is formed into balls. Spicy shanklish are often covered in chilli, especially in Syria, thus appear red. Shanklish from the Syrian coastal plain around Tartus and the adjoining northern Lebanese region of Akkar are considered particularly delectable; these tend to be hard, with a clean strong flavour and near-white colour.

Shanklish is generally eaten with finely-chopped tomato, onion, and olive oil; and often accompanied by araq. It is a common meze dish. Shanklish is also mashed up with eggs or crushed in a pita with cucumbers, mint, and olive oil for breakfast. (See Shanklish Salad)

Summary of

  • Made from cows or sheeps milk
  • Country of origin: Egypt, Lebanon and Syria
  • Type: fresh firm, hard, artisan
  • Texture: creamy, crumbly and firm
  • Rind: mould ripened
  • Colour: white
  • Flavour: mild, sharp, spicy, strongflavour
  • Aroma: fresh, pungent, strongaroma
  • Vegetarian: No
 

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